TCJC Press Releases


Press Contact: For all media inquiries, please contact Torrie Bethany, Communications Manager, at tbethany@texascjc.org or (512) 441-8123, Ext. 108.


 

A Failure in the Fourth Degree: Reforming the State Jail Felony System in Texas

October 16, 2018

The Texas Criminal Justice Coalition released the second report in its “One Size FAILS All” report series. The report, A Failure in the Fourth Degree: Reforming the State Jail Felony System in Texas, demonstrates through data and personal interviews with 140 incarcerated individuals the defective nature of Texas’ state jail system, and it puts forth actionable policy recommendations for consideration by the 2019 Texas Legislature.

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Health and Advocacy Organizations Urge the Texas Legislature to Implement Effective Strategies to Address Substance Use Disorder

August 7, 2018

A coalition of health and advocacy groups have jointly developed recommendations to address substance use disorder in Texas.

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One Size FAILS All: Why Probation Doesn’t Work for Young Adults in Texas

August 2, 2018

The Texas Criminal Justice Coalition released its newest report today, which examines how Texas’ probation system continuously fails young adults. The report, Young Adults and Community Supervision: The Need for a Developmentally Appropriate Approach to Probation, reveals that traditional probation practices are ineffective with 17- to 25-year-olds on adult felony probation.

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New Report Highlights Issues Facing Women in Texas' Criminal Justice System

April 24, 2018

Today, TCJC released part two of a two-part report series on women in Texas prisons and jails. An Unsupported Population: The Treatment of Women in Texas’ Criminal Justice System explores the unique issues facing women impacted by the criminal justice system and makes recommendations for programs and policies that treat women with dignity and increase the likelihood that they can successfully rejoin their families and communities.

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New Report Shows Growing Number of Women in Texas Prisons and Jails

March 8, 2018

Today, TCJC released part one of a two-part report series on women in Texas prisons and jails. A Growing Population: The Surge of Women into Texas’ Criminal Justice System examines the staggering rise in the number of women in Texas’ justice system and makes recommendations for programs and policies that can reverse this trend and effectively redirect women away from incarceration.

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Juvenile Justice Coalition Calls for Sweeping Reforms To Texas Juvenile Justice System

November 30, 2017

A group of juvenile justice reform advocates sent a letter today to Lt. Governor Dan Patrick and House Speaker Joe Straus calling for moving youth in state juvenile facilities to local juvenile probation, community programs, and small rehabilitative facilities closer to youth’s families, and urged legislators to develop a plan to close down all state secure juvenile facilities.

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Texas Advocates and Legislators Show Support for Juvenile Justice

October 20, 2017

A group of juvenile justice reform advocates hosted a press conference at the Texas Capitol today as part of Youth Justice Action Month calling for a new commitment to juvenile justice reform in Texas.

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New Report Finds Important Policing Reforms Recommended by Citizen Review Panel, Largely Ignored by APD and City Manager

October 10, 2017

Austin’s Citizen Review Panel (CRP) has special access to certain internal investigations of police officer-involved shootings and other incidents. The Panel reviews the incident and may issue a letter of recommendation calling for policy or procedural changes at the Austin Police Department (APD), even if the officer is found to have violated no rules.

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Overall Crime Rates Down in Texas According to 2016 National Crime Report Released Today

September 25, 2017

The FBI released its 2016 Crime in the United States report today and, although there are pockets of increased crime, the data indicates that Texas crime rates have dropped statewide.

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Organizations Call for Driver Responsibility Program Amnesty for Hurricane Harvey Victims

September 11, 2017

Today, six statewide organizations, along with individuals and organizations directly engaged in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, filed a formal petition asking the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) to issue a one-time Driver Responsibility Program (DRP) fee amnesty in Texas’ disaster area counties.

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TCJC Wants Drug Policy Reforms Added to Texas Special Session Call

August 2, 2017

The Texas Criminal Justice Coalition (TCJC) calls on Governor Greg Abbott to expand the call of the Special Legislative Session to fix the state’s dangerously outdated drug policies.

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New Analysis of Texas Crime Data Suggests 17-Year-Olds Should Be Treated As Juveniles, Not Adults

April 11, 2017

Seventeen-year-olds are automatically prosecuted as adults in the Texas criminal justice system. A new data analysis from a broad coalition of groups working to raise the age of criminal responsibility in Texas from 17 to 18 finds that 17-year-olds are arrested at a rate and for non-violent, low-level offenses that closely resemble those of 16-year-olds rather than older youth or adults.

Read the rest of this press release at RaiseTheAgeTX.org.

Texas Advocates Show Support for Alternatives to Incarceration

March 16, 2017

A diverse group of more than 100 Texas legislators, community leaders, addiction experts, entertainers, inspirational speakers, and people impacted by the justice system convened on Friday, March 10, at the State Capitol to raise awareness for substance use disorder and support for treatment and rehabilitative opportunities as an alternative to incarceration in Texas.

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Local Advocates Show Support For “Raise The Age” Initiative

February 2, 2017

A diverse group of more than 200 local legislators, advocates, students, and faith leaders convened this week to learn more about the juvenile justice system and to demonstrate their support and solidarity for efforts to “Raise the Age” of juvenile jurisdiction in Texas.

Read the rest of this press release at RaiseTheAgeTX.org.

Civil Asset Forfeiture

This July 4th Holiday, Remember Our Founding Principles: New report reveals continued problems with civil asset forfeiture

June 30, 2016

Today the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition releases the first in a series of new studies that attempt to shed light on the use of civil asset forfeiture in Texas.

This Father’s Day, Simple Steps to Stronger Families

June 15, 2016

More than 90,000 fathers will be living in a Texas prison on Father’s Day this year.  Some of them will soon be coming home. The Texas Criminal Justice Coalition calls for changes that will give those families a fighting chance at success.

The Texas Criminal Justice Coalition Welcomes New Policy Director, Shakira Pumphrey

November 16, 2015

Effective November 16, 2015, the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition announces Shakira Pumphrey as its new Policy Director.  In this role, Ms. Pumphrey has strategic and operational responsibility for generating and coordinating TCJC’s research and policy work.

The Texas Criminal Justice Coalition Welcomes New Executive Director, Leah Pinney

October 1, 2015

Effective today, the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition announces Leah Pinney as Executive Director.  The organization’s previous Executive Director, Dr. Ana Yáñez-Correa, will be leading the Criminal Justice program at the Washington, DC-based Public Welfare Foundation.

New Report: Expanding Harris County’s Successful Drug Diversion Program Will Further Improve Public Safety Outcomes & Save Taxpayer Dollars

September 28, 2015

In October 2014, the Harris County District Attorney established the First Chance Intervention Program. Today, the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition and Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy released a report examining the program and the potential benefits that would come with expanding it.

TCJC Executive Director Ana Yáñez-Correa to Become Program Officer at Public Welfare Foundation

August 12, 2015

Dr. Ana Yáñez-Correa, who has served as the Executive Director of the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition since 2005, has accepted the position of Program Officer at the Washington, DC-based Public Welfare Foundation.  She will be leading the Foundation’s Criminal Justice program, effective November 2, 2015.

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